Harapaki Wind Farm

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Harapaki Bay Wind Farm
CountryNew Zealand
LocationHawke's Bay
Coordinates39°11′2″S 176°41′35″E / 39.18389°S 176.69306°E / -39.18389; 176.69306Coordinates: 39°11′2″S 176°41′35″E / 39.18389°S 176.69306°E / -39.18389; 176.69306
Owner(s)Meridian Energy Limited
Power generation
Units planned41
Nameplate capacity176 MW

The Harapaki Wind Farm is a proposed wind farm project in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand. Construction is expected to begin in June 2021.[1][2]


In 2006, Hawkes Bay Wind Farm Ltd was granted resource consent for a 75 turbine, 225 MW wind farm at Titiokura.[3] The same year Unison Networks was granted consent for a 15 turbine, 45 MW development. Both consents were upheld by the Environment Court in October 2006.[4] A proposed expansion of Unison's project[5] was rejected by the Environment Court in 2009.[6][7]

In 2010 Hawkes Bay Wind Farm Ltd was purchased by Meridian Energy.[8] Unison's consent was purchased in 2011, and the sites combined.[9]

In August 2019 Meridian sought interest from potential contractors for the wind farm's construction.[9] Construction was expected to begin in 2020, but was delayed due to the possible closure of the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter.[10] In February 2021 Meridian announced that construction would begin later that year, and would take approximately three years.[11][12] Site preparation began in mid-2021.[13]


The wind farm will be located on the Maungaharuru Range near the Titiokura Summit, about 34 km North-west of Napier Airport.[3] The altitude of the range is approximately 1300 metres.

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  1. ^ Marty Sharpe (24 February 2021). "Meridian Energy's huge new $395 million wind farm, and 260 jobs, coming to Hawke's Bay". Stuff. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  2. ^ "A lot of air . . ". Hawkes Bay Today. 15 June 2021. Retrieved 19 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Fact sheet: August 2007" (PDF). Hawkes bay wind farm ltd. August 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2008.
  4. ^ "Environment Court says yes to Te Pohue turbines". 19 July 2007. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Titiokura/Te Waka Wind Farm" (PDF). Unison. August 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 25 September 2008.
  6. ^ "Wind farm decision a waste, says lines company". RNZ. 24 February 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  7. ^ Marty Sharpe (20 March 2009). "Maori issues cited as wind farm declined". Stuff. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  8. ^ Marty Sharpe (5 November 2010). "Meridian buys company with wind farm consent". Stuff. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  9. ^ a b Marty Sharpe (5 August 2019). "Wind farm first approved 14 years ago may finally get underway". Stuff. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  10. ^ Doug Laing (27 August 2020). "Hawke's Bay windfarm shelved because of Tiwai Point closure plan". Hawkes Bay Today. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  11. ^ Tom Pullar-Strecker (24 February 2021). "Meridian aims to build new wind farm every three years". Stuff. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  12. ^ Gianina Schwanecke (23 February 2021). "Hawke's Bay wind farm will create 260 jobs in 3 years, but iwi's long term concerns remain". Hawkes Bay Today. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  13. ^ "Work on Harapaki Wind Farm, north of Napier, set to spin to full speed in spring". Hawkes Bay Today. 29 August 2021. Retrieved 31 August 2021.

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